Energy Regulatory

Major participants in every sector of the energy market—oil and gas, conventional electric, nuclear, renewable energy, and water—turn to Morgan Lewis for regulatory guidance. Our work spans a host of matters, including mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures; project development and financing; structuring of cross-border investments; internal and government investigations and enforcement; strategic planning and corporate restructuring; transmission; ratemaking; regulatory compliance and licensing; debt and equity securities issuances; and energy marketing and trading.

An energy powerhouse, our team of US energy lawyers simultaneously serves the electric, gas, oil, renewables, nuclear, fossil, marketing, transmission, and distribution sectors. Our clients include integrated oil companies, state-owned entities, investor-owned utilities, independent power producers, petrochemical companies, refiners and marketers, project developers, financial institutions and private equity firms, service companies, independent oil and gas companies, commercial users, and government contractors including US Department of Energy (DOE) contractors.


The industry consistently recognizes our energy regulatory team. Recent accolades include:

  • 2015 Law Firm of the Year for Energy Law (U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers)
  • Top 10 Energy Law Firm (Houston Business Journal, 2014)
  • 2011 Energy Practice Group of the Year (Law360)
  • Chambers USA recognized Morgan Lewis as a “[d]ominant firm in the energy sector,” noting that we have been “singled out for the breadth and depth of [our] nuclear team.” Chambers USA also notes that Morgan Lewis is known “for its regulatory strengths on the power side, handling matters concerning development, enforcement, reliability, and regulatory compliance, including FERC Order 1000 compliance” and that the firm “[e]njoys a fine reputation for its oil and gas regulatory work.”
  • Chambers & Partners USA listed 26 leading energy lawyers.
  • We are the only firm in Band 1 of Chambers USA for nuclear energy.
  • Legal 500 listed 24 leading lawyers for energy law.
  • Legal 500: “I think what makes them effective is their in-depth knowledge of the industry and that they can think strategically and not just from a purely legal perspective.”
  • International Who’s Who Legal (2014) listed 14 of our energy lawyers.